The Duff Cooper Prize

Duff Cooper’s bookplate,
designed by Rex Whistler

The Duff Cooper Prize

The Duff Cooper Prize

Since 2005 we have been generously supported by
Pol Roger
which donates the Champagne for the award presentation,
and contributes £1000 towards the £5,000 prize.

Press Release

15th March 2022

Tonight Mark Mazower won the 2021 Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize for his book, The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe. Along with the Prize of £5,000, one thousand of which is donated by Pol Roger, he also received a magnum of champagne from the CEO, Laurent d'Harcourt. 

In her speech announcing the winner, Artemis Cooper praised Mazower for 'never losing control of the international dimension of this extremely complex story. At the same time, he is on the ground with the terrorized communities of defenceless Greek peasants and farmers, left to face wave after wave of Ottoman invaders.'

This was reaffirmed by her fellow judges, the historian Susan Brigden, the writer and editor Mark Amory, and David Horspool of the TLS.  All were impressed by Mazower's ability to weave together the constantly shifting strands of the story; while David Horspool observed that the book 'manages to be scholarly and even-handed, without supressing the emotions that the cause of freedom and self-determination bring out.' 

In March 2022, when our thoughts are never far from the appalling destruction of Ukraine, it is worth being reminded that the Greek struggle for independence refused to be crushed - and succeeded, against overwhelming odds.

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